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Necklace dating back to 1911 to fetch up to £180,000 at Bonhams auction.

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Rare opulent emerald, pearl and diamond necklace dating back to 1911 to fetch up to £180,000 at auction.


A one of a kind necklace from the days of Empire is to be offered in the Fine Jewellery sale on the 4th of December at Bonham's, Bond Street.

The unique gem is set with emerald, diamonds and pearls was commissioned in 1911, and believed to be worn at the Delhi Dubar.

The pendant is dominated by a central fluted emerald of approximately seven carats, and one notable element is the prolific use of briolette-cut diamonds throughout the piece. The briolette cut fashions gemstones into an elongated, faceted pear shape often meant to hang like beading, and was popular in Indian jewellery.

The 1911 Durbar, the most glittering assemblage of the three, was held to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India. Nearly every ruling prince, nobleman, landed gentry and other persons of note in India attended to pay homage to their sovereigns.

The King and Queen appeared in their Coronation robes, the King-Emperor wearing the Imperial Crown of India containing six thousand one hundred and seventy diamonds and covered with sapphires, emeralds and rubies.


A spokesperson for Bonhams said, "This necklace provides us with a unique insight into the levels of opulence and display at the 1911 Delhi Durbar and it is extremely rare to have such a magnificent jewel survive intact. "We feel very privileged to be selling a remarkable and rare piece linked to historic days of Indian Royalty.'